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Whale spotted in Virginia's Elizabeth River

Whale spotted in Virginia's Elizabeth River

NORFOLK, Va., Aug. 19 (UPI) --The U.S. Coast Guard is trying to alert boaters in Virginia's Elizabeth River to the possible presence of a 30 to 40 foot whale.
Brooks Hays
Curiosity rover escapes hidden Mars sand trap

Curiosity rover escapes hidden Mars sand trap

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) --Slick sands in Mars' Hidden Valley have delayed the Mars rover Curiosity's planned ascent of a nearby mountain.
Brooks Hays
Navy aviation tests combined unmanned, manned operations

Navy aviation tests combined unmanned, manned operations

NORFOLK, Va., Aug. 19 (UPI) --The U.S. Navy is testing whether or not drones can be safely and effectively incorporated into manned flight operations.
Brooks Hays
Scientists unveil camouflage sheet inspired by octopus skin

Scientists unveil camouflage sheet inspired by octopus skin

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 (UPI) --Scientists unveiled a thin and flexible pixellated sheet that mimics the color-changing capabilities of cephalopods.
Brooks Hays
Latvia boasts world's first net for migrating bats

Latvia boasts world's first net for migrating bats

PAPE, Latvia, Aug. 18 (UPI) --A giant funnel trap is set to begin catching migrating bats this week in Latvia -- the first of its kind.
Brooks Hays
Microscopic lens captures first ever video of a jellyfish sting

Microscopic lens captures first ever video of a jellyfish sting

TOWNSVILLE, Australia, Aug. 18 (UPI) --A new viral video shows for the first time ever the dozens of microscopic needles that shoot from jellyfish into their victims.
Matt Bradwell
Shrinking gene pool hurting mountain lions of Santa Monica Mountains

Shrinking gene pool hurting mountain lions of Santa Monica Mountains

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 18 (UPI) --A growing population of mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains have found themselves penned in by busy freeways -- resulting in a shrinking gene pool.
Brooks Hays
Toothless 'dragon' pterosaurs filled late Cretaceous skies

Toothless 'dragon' pterosaurs filled late Cretaceous skies

MOSCOW, Aug. 18 (UPI) --New research suggests these toothless winged dinosaurs came to dominate the ancient skies -- specifically Azhdarchidan pterosaurs.
Brooks Hays
Shipwreck yields 200-year-old bottle of drinkable booze

Shipwreck yields 200-year-old bottle of drinkable booze

GDAƄSK, Poland, Aug. 18 (UPI) --Divers exploring a 200-year-old shipwreck in the Baltic Sea's Gulf surfaced with a sealed stoneware bottle containing drinkable alcohol earlier this summer
Brooks Hays
Bill Gates to Mark Zuckerberg: I'll take the ice bucket challenge, and improve it

Bill Gates to Mark Zuckerberg: I'll take the ice bucket challenge, and improve it

SEATTLE, Aug. 15 (UPI) --Microsoft founder Bill Gates responded to Mark Zuckerberg's ice bucket challenge by "improving" upon it and challenging other prominent innovators to take part.
Matt Bradwell
Tibet's glaciers are warmer than they've been in 2,000 years

Tibet's glaciers are warmer than they've been in 2,000 years

KATHMANDU, Nepal, Aug. 15 (UPI) --The glacier-filled Tibetan plateau has warmed more over the last 50 years than it has in the preceding 2,000, according to researchers in China.
Brooks Hays
NASA's Stardust probe probably captured interstellar particles

NASA's Stardust probe probably captured interstellar particles

BERKELEY, Calif., Aug. 15 (UPI) --After several years of lab work, scientists say NASA's Stardust probe likely captured interstellar particles -- dust from outside our solar system.
Brooks Hays
1000 robots programmed to swarm like ants

1000 robots programmed to swarm like ants

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 15 (UPI) --One thousand small, simple robots, each only a few centimeters across and balancing on three legs, assemble autonomously -- the world's first robot flash-mob.
Brooks Hays
3,300 lbs of space garbage to burn up in Earth's atmosphere Sunday

3,300 lbs of space garbage to burn up in Earth's atmosphere Sunday

HOUSTON, Aug. 15 (UPI) --Nearly 3,300 pounds of trash will burn up in the Earth's atmosphere Sunday, disposing of waste produced by the International Space Station.
Matt Bradwell
Fishermen, researchers to trap invasive green crabs in Maine

Fishermen, researchers to trap invasive green crabs in Maine

BANGOR, Maine, Aug. 14 (UPI) --Green crabs moved into Maine waters more than a decade ago, but their numbers have been growing in recent years -- worrying fishermen and conservationists.
Brooks Hays
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